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Winnipeg Underground Film Festival
June 1 to 4th, 2017


DISPLAY // 5 x Jesse McLean / 59 min
7PM /// Sat, June 15 // @ Frame Arts Warehouse, 318 1/3 Ross St. / $5


Jesse McLean is a media artist based in Iowa City, IA, whose work utilizes a combination of found footage and originally shot materials to examine contemporary questions about culture, technology and human behaviour. She was the recipient of the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist at the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Overkill Award at the Images Festival in 2011. Since then her work has screened internationally, and she’s become a fixture at experimental and underground film festivals worldwide. WUFF is excited to present, all for the first time in Manitoba, five acclaimed works by Jesse McLean:

Somewhere Only We Know dir. Jesse McLean
2009 | US | 5 | What can a face reveal? Balanced between composure and collapse, individuals anxiously await their fate.

Magic for Beginners dir. Jesse McLean
2010 | US | 20.5 | Magic for Beginners examines the mythologies found in fan culture, from longing to obsession to psychic connections. The need for such connections (whether real or imaginary), as well as the need for an emotional release that only fantasy can deliver, are explored.

Climbing dir. Jesse McLean
2009 | US | 6.5 | An homage to German Romanticism using the ultimate trompe l’oeil. The endless ascent of the heroic cursor is both a critical look and a sly celebration of the infinite nature of the digital landscape.

Remote dir. Jesse McLean
2011 | US | 11 | There is a presence lingering in the dark woods, just under the surface of a placid lake and at the end of a dreary basement corridor. It’s not easy to locate because it’s outside but also inside. It doesn’t just crawl in on your wires because it’s not a thing. It’s a shocking eruption of electrical energy. In the collage video Remote, dream logic invokes a presence that drifts through physical and temporal barriers.

The Invisible World dir. Jesse McLean
2012 | US | 16 | A deceased hoarder, reconstituted through technology, recounts a difficult childhood as inhabitants of a virtual world struggle to reconcile materialistic tendencies. A scientist leads an effort to understand the passage of time, but data is unreliable. The question remains, what happens to our things when we’re gone? In this video, materialism, emotional presence and the adaptive nature of human beings are broadly considered through the lens of time. A variety of time-based materials (home movies, internet videos, sci-fi seventies films, and a photographed archive of objects) are collected and collaged, revealing the filmmaker’s own hoarding tendencies.